The purpose of Kickstart This! is to alert our readers to Kickstarter campaigns entering their final week. These are the pick of the Kickstarter litter in our opinion, and if we could, we’d be personally backing every last one of these.

So take a look at these campaigns if they haven’t yet crossed your radar!

Kickstart This! #281: Machina Arcana ~ To Eternity

“Players take on the role of explorers thrown into dreadful halls, scratching for survival and progressing through the chapters from one of many horror stories. Even if they manage to stay alive till the end of the story, they will face a special mini game at the finale of each scenario. The unique environment, interactive inventory, combat mechanics and tactical diversity are all enveloped in an integral storytelling experience that provides both total immersion in the world and full replay value.”

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Kickstart This! #280: Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin

“Both a standalone game and an expansion that can be combined with the original cooperative game. Featuring all new characters, this bunch of adventurers has to be motivated to work together. Every round you will visit all new locations and pick an adventurer to rest and get paid to take camp actions. You can use this coin to purchase powerful items from the new Merchant board and item deck. These items will assist the rest of the party on watch as they battle a line of all new creatures trying to make their way into camp. It is still a battle to keep the campfire burning.”

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Kickstart This! #279: The 7th Citadel

“In this post-apocalyptic medieval fantasy world, you play as a ‘slave-gardener’ who escapes from the Citadel of Necrodruid Ninidazir’, only to find yourself confronted by an even greater threat. Explore the Collapsing Lands freely by gradually unveiling the board using numbered terrain and event cards. Interact with your environment, converse with its inhabitants, and build a city that will signal the renewal of this desolate world.”

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Kickstart This! #274: The Reckoners: Steelslayer

“David Charleston, now known as ‘Steelslayer,’ and the rest of the Reckoners attempt to bring human governance back to Newcago and continue on their quest to liberate the oppressed peoples of the Fractured States. The Reckoners, a game based on the young adult fantasy novels by Brandon Sanderson, allows players to take on the roles of the novels’ protagonists and work together to save the world.”

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